We have got big fish, we have got water, we have an awesome lineup of tyers, we have got ridiculous array of schwag, and we have got some killer BBQ.

The 2016 Streamer Lovefest is looking ridiculously good, for the past few years we have been sweating on water & fish & the myriad of little things that go into this event.

Things kick off with the Lafkas/Johnson Streamer Class on January 23 and the Kelly Galloup tying class on January 24. On January 30 we also have Michael Schmidt tying classes. Limited seats available on all 3 classes click for details

WE have had our buds at Yeti Coolers jump onboard, offering up a Cooler will be including in the drawing on the night to raise funds for our local Trout Unlimited Chapter.

Our mate Rob Williams at Shawnee/Supreme boats is the Yeti Supplier for our guide team, and is the sponsor of our killer BBQ dinner from KT’s Smokehouse in Gassville.

Eric Kraimer from Simms will be along during the day, doing wader leak testing and repair advice, plus answering any questions on staying warm and dry this streamer season.

Darin & Steve will be towing in the Sage, Rio & Redington Trailer for our “Feel The Difference” event where you will be able to come to grips in a very hands on way with the new RIO low stretch Intouch sinking lines & the strongest tippet around Powerflex Plus.

You can also get to test cast the lineup of Streamer sticks you will find in all our guide boats, the Sage Method, Salt, Bolt & Motiv.

WE will also have representation from Rainy’s Flies and Umpqua, and a bunch of giveaways from our suppliers.

Above all it going to be one heck of a party.

RIO Powerflex Plus – 20% stronger leader and tippet

Introducing the new RIO Powerflex Plus leaders and tippets, finally.

We think this stuff has the potential to be a difference maker on our rivers when your next hook set could turn into something truly serious. Having an extra pound breaking strength in 5x could mean the difference between heartbreak and elation.

We were laying off making a big splash over this new product from the crew at RIO a few months back , due to some hiccups in the supply process. But here it is now in stock at Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher.

Check it out

3 Things that Will Help Better Your Streamer Game – by Chad Johnson | RIO

Dally’s head guide Chad Johnson put Barry Annalora onto this 30″ White River brown trout, last month

Three tips from our head guide Chad “Mississippi” Johnson to make you a better streamer fisher over on the RIO Products blog. Chad is a RIO guide and our streamer guides predominately use RIO sinking lines.

Chad’s article will take your streamer fishing from being a person who just casts 8″ streamers to one who really fishes big streamers for trophies

Check it out over on the RIO blog.





TEST cast the new Sage rods, tune up your old rod and you could be in the running to win a new Sage BOLT fly rod on October 3 & 4.

In addition to our normal FFF SOC Fly Fishing Fair events this year we will be hosting a Sage, Rio and Redington’s Roadshow Trailer at the flyshop in Cotter. Here you will be able to cast the BOLT, MOD and PULSE rods, and check out the new RIO fly lines and other products.

We are also offering free rod tune-up sessions. Bring along your favorite 5wt, or 6wt and you will be able to trial different RIO fly lines to find out which suits your casting action and the rod action. Looking for better presentation, a better performance in the wind or simply easier can we can help you out.

Pick up your entry form at the Sage, Rio Redington booth or the Dally’s booth at the Fly Fishing Fair (or print out the one above) and take it to Darin at the Trailer to get entered for the new BOLT. This $650 fast action rod is all about line speed. We think the 8wt is going to be a great addition to our streamer rod lineup, the 6wt is a hot stick for smallmouth, hopper fishing and the spring bass runs.



JUMP on these great deals on these discontinued Sage reels, rods, boat bags and Redington waders and boots.

The sale on Click Reels, TXL-F rods, technical waist packs and Redington mens Palix wader and boots and women’s Willow wader and boots kicks off with our Demo Day Friday afternoon when we will have the Sage, Rio and Redington team in town. We will have snacks and drinks available and get to cast, pat or checkout the range.

Darin and Steve will also be talking about the new additions to the Sage Range which are coming in the secod half of the year, plus the existing models. The guys will be setting up their trailer and tent out the front of the store on Friday around 2pm and staying through 6pm.

Test The New Sages At The Fly Fishing Fair


SWING BY the Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher or Sage booths at the Fly Fishing Fair next week and try out the hottest new Sage rods, the SALT and ACCEL rods, and Grace outfits.

The new SALT is a really muscular stick, despite its light feel, that isn’t going to back down in the face of coastal winds, and powerful fish. We are looking forward to strapping one of these up with an Outbound Short Type 6 line and one of the new 8” plus streamers we have been working on since summer to go chase some big brown trout.

The ACCEL is a real revelation, a deliciously smooth, lightweight modern rod without an $800 price tag. Using technology one generation backwards, and some sweet tapers there is a lot to love about the ACCEL. There are some particularly sweet rods for our fishing, the 5wts for all around fishing, the 8wt for streamers and the 6wt is getting a lot of attention from our crew as our next hopper rod.

The Grace series comes in 2 models an 8wt and a 5wt, and is an eye popping pic, from the rod and reel case to the Rio Gold line and the 3200 series reel and rod itself. But it’s not all about the Pink, though this will be high on the list of buying decisions. I really dig the 8’6” rod 5wt, while the 9’ 8wt I’m going to be playing with next week. I know someone who is a pink fan and who needs her own 8wt. SHHHH.

We  also will have a bunch of the new Intouch low stretch flylines you can also check out  _ the Intouch Gold, Grand and Xtreme Indicator_ we have been running these all summer on our own and on guide rods. They are at their best when you need feel on the hookup: soft hackles, buggers, streamers, plus they are lethal on dry fly hookups.

The big question of course, would the low stretch result in more breakoffs on our standard 5x rigs with our fly fishers. The answer pleasantly was none.

The Intouch Xtreme Indicator might the best line for bobbers and nymphing I’ve used, and Ben and I have really notice newcomers to the fly rod really getting results off this line. The taper really turns over nicely, powerfully but without the clunkiness I’ve found on indicator lines in the past. I’m not sure the low stretch has as much advantage in nymphing situations as say bugger fishing, but we’ve caught a lot of fish on it.

These are definitely worth looking at.


October on the Missouri

Rio’s John Harden with a 22” streamer caught ‘bow


The Missouri River around Craig, Montana, has been on my bucket list for a while now. Its wide, beautifully set and a dry fly haven.

As I’d come to find out planning for this trip, with the Rio crew of Simon Gawesworth; Aaron Stiney and John Harden, plus 3 other Rio dealers from across the country, its considered pretty good streamer water too. Though they do approach it a little differently than we approach it.

The afternoon Baetis hatches were fun though it took me a while to settle down on the hook set, after pitching hoppers for a couple of months and for the sheer fun of it all.

It was also a hoot getting to fish with spey guru and good friend Simon Gawesworth: we have sledged each other over various sports particularly cricket and rugby in the nature of Aussies and the English, for a decade and yet had never shared any water time.  Stay tuned for news an awesome weekend with Simon in 2014.

After plenty of tales from mutual friends from Wisconsin and Michigan, I also drew a day in a boat with Schultzy from Schultz Outfitters in Ann Arbor. He’s good people and if you are up that way you could do plenty worse then get onto his smallie waters.

Schultzy and I had a day pitching meat, big stuff and proved it would work. I had no shame in pinching one of his versions of the Tommy Lynch DDD to nail a good brown.

Having established a some contacts, the Missouri is one place I really want to head back to with a group from the shop. Mark Raisner and his crew at Headhunters are awesome, I’ve got a cook and place in mind to stay with a great view of the river, who’s in?

Hope you enjoy the pics

Mike Kuhner and Simon Gawesworth with a Missouri dry fly brown

Your view next fall _ Aaron Stiney on a favorite flat

Schultzy dry fly rainbow

well taken care of

Not the Ozarks

afternoon head hunting

Kuhnert and Gawesworth with a sweet dry fly ‘bow

mouthful of meat